Jean McKinney

Strange Stories for Strange Times

Tag: fantasy fiction magazines

Dark Star Review: New Home, New Look

Dark Star Review has moved! After trying out a lot of web tools to find the right one to create a slick, easily updatable roundup of news, commentary and other stuff from the many worlds of speculative fiction, I found Flipboard. This handy dandy search engine pulls the latest from any web sources you choose into a lovely, easy to read magazine format. It’s easily edited, too, with the option to create commentary after each story.

And the best thing about Flipboard magazines is that they can live anywhere. So I’ve brought Dark Star Review right here to the JM site – no links, no downloads, no nothin’ required. Just click to read.

You can find out when new issues come out (monthly) by subscribing to the Newsletter – and you’ll also get other freebies for doing that. As always, Dark Star Review is free to read and share (please!) and welcomes your ideas, contributions or suggestions.

Enjoy. Issue 2 comes your way October 1.

“Let the Serpent Judge” – Coming to Orthogonal

Let The Serpent JudgeBehind the pulpit the air smells like sawdust and the dry bitter odor of the snakes. From the darkness underneath their cages, you listen to the slow, purposeful rustlings in the straw and count time by the color of the sunlight spilling past the cross painted on the window.

Now it’s lemon-gold and slanting low. He ought to be here in the next few breaths. You grin, testing the newness of your mouth. The long sullen night is behind you now. When he walks through that door, you’ll be ready.

My fantasy/horror story “let the Serpent Judge” is appearing in  “Criminal Variations,” the fall issue of Orthogonal Magazine. Orthogonal is a nifty new addition to the fantasy publishing sphere, with a lovely (and disturbing) webpage that features the first issue, themed “The War At Home.”

Orthogonal bills itself as the “pop-up restaurant of literary speculative fiction.” With five strange stories by Sara L. Johnson, Michael J. Deluca and other gifted authors, “The War at Home” ranges across time and space, lingering in the mind long after you’re done reading.

I’m thrilled that “Serpent,” a tale of abuse, treachery and retribution set among the snake handling cults of Appalachia, will (I hope) be one of those stories too.

Get “The War At Home”  now from Amazon and Weightless Books.  And stay tuned for the release date of  “Criminal Variations.”

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